Happy New Year 2017 Style!

It’s a new year and that means: just another digit added to the year.

My PSN goal for the end of the year was to get to LEVEL 16, which I did by the hair of my chinny chin chin.

This year I hope to increase to LEVEL 17 by the end. I have enough backlog to complete, and really still want several new games… really want them.

The Order: 1886 on PS4 is a game I began right before Christmas 2016. I have one trophy in it, I’m more than halfway through the story, but on the airship and stuck where that shotgunner is, not a nice place to keep restarting at.

I know I’ve missed at least one collectable on the previous level that had collectibles before going to the airship. I hope I don’t miss anymore. I don’t like to find collectibles when trying to finish other things at the same time. I’m going to have to re-play a lot to get the trophies to Platinum the game.

Tearaway on PS Vita. I’ve 100% the game, but trophies are another thing: 3 of them require playing a certain level without losing one’s stamp. Meaning: Media Molecules nice “don’t die in this level and finish it in one go” ala Ace LBP levels. I got the Windego level done OK. The other two are doozies for me, and I can’t go back to the game without my knees starting to buckle and my stomach flipping around, it’s that traumatic for me.

Tearaway Unfolded on PS4, I started playing it, but didn’t go on from quite early in the game. I should pick it up again so I can 100% the game and still not get another Platinum. ūüėČ

Ys: Memories of Celceta on PS Vita I have played through the story almost twice, once on normal, and then on Nightmare, but not through it yet, I can’t beat the BeastMaster … I found BAMI quite trivial in Nightmare, but super annoying hard on Normal. BeastMaster on Normal was pretty much not hard, easy enough to beat, but on Nightmare, it’s a total opposite for me. I’m fully upgraded in Level and in Skills for most of my characters now, I wasn’t fully leveled in all skills last time I found him, so I should try again…

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on PS3 is a game I started last year and had trouble going through the valley and not dying a million times, so I didn’t try ever after that. I WANT to progress in this.

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North on PS3 first started playing this in August 2013 with someone on PSN, we got through the first playthrough, he got more trophies than me, playing as the Ranger, while I played as the Elf, and the Dwarf was AI.

Second playthrough we started playing with another person, played through and then were on our current third playthrough with another person, but stopped playing picked it up a few times after that August playing, got a few more trophies, but still not finished that playthrough, or something like that. Organizing play time is tough.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on PS4 is a game I was really excited for, bought it digitally on the Playstation Store (stupidly) played it once, gaining OMG amounts of nemesis in the very beginning, oh no!

I really need to just delete that playthrough and start fresh, using a Game Guide this time and taking my sneaky good old time.

That’s a short list of games that bug me to finish them.

I also have three Earth Defense Force games (PS3 EDF 2025, PS Vita EDF 2017 Portable, and EDF 2 Invaders from Space) that mock me for not grinding enough yet.

I started playing Freedom Wars on PS Vita and really liked it, but feel stuck, unable to progress without playing with others to get certificates. My optional missions are over my head. I’m really stuck.

I started playing Helldivers on PS4, PSN friends promised they’d play it with me. We’ll see.

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I love LEGO games, but don’t play every franchise. I am at the point of wanting a lot of the games for PS Vita, I have finished: LoTR, The Hobbit, Legend of Chima, Marvel Superheros: Universe in Peril.

I’d play Ninjago one’s, and Jurassic Park World, The LEGO Movie, Marvel Avengers, at the least, all on my PS Vita.

My Big Wish is for Pixel Junk Monsters Platinum Ultimate on PS4, with trophies for everything, not just the “Challenge” levels. And more content. PLEASE!!!!! [Yes, this is a made up PJM title, but it sounds great!]

Secondly how about Savage Moon remastered for PS4, and also PS Vita.

PixelJunk Monsters

PixelJunk Monsters, my beloved.

PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD PS Vita

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Early morning screen.
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Day screen.
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Evening Screen.
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Night screen.

On my PS Vita as Lock Screen (for a long time now, even today.) Screenshots from longer ago, and today.

Screenshots of Screenshots proving dates. FWIW.

Originally screenshot taken May 11, 2012 PixelJunk Monsters on my PS Vita screensaver
Originally screenshot taken May 11, 2012 PixelJunk Monsters on my PS Vita screensaver

Originally screenshot taken May 28, 2016 PixelJunk Monsters on my PS Vita screensaver
Originally screenshot taken May 28, 2016 PixelJunk Monsters on my PS Vita screensaver

I first saw PixelJunk Monsters in June 2009, on the PlayStation PS3 Store. I bought it June 18, 2009. I loved playing it frequently, did everything over and over except for the challenge levels, which I finally tackled to get the trophies in 2013. PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe on PSP which was an absolute buy ASAP available. Waited and waited for it to come to PS Vita natively, Played PJM Deluxe PSP on my PS Vita again (I deleted save files to start over how many times, between PSP and PS Vita?)

Finally PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD was out for PS Vita. Even came to Windows (which was a distressing time for me, I loved the exclusivity of it on PSN, kept it neat and intact. But the point is DoubleEleven didn’t drop the ball on PS Vita, it’s great there, can be played classically, just buttons, hurray! Windows, just not suitable for a classic PJM lover.)

I know it also was distorted as a FB game, horrible, something I know of but no experience with.

Now it comes down to: I’ve wanted PJM¬†on PS4 all along, no hint of it coming to PS4, and what do my weary eyes behold in an email, near the bottom, PixelJunk Monsters Wii U. WHAT???!!!!!!!

So I bought it immediately and, of course, it’s a great game. You can play it on your TV, using the Wii pad buttons or set the screen to mirror the tv, and play it right there on the Wii pad. You can touch the screen to move, touch a tree, etc. Touch or buttons when mirrored. I like button play entirely still.

Another nifty thing is setting the Wii pad to display the Tiki Hut inside. Buy towers without having to move Tikiman to the hut. Great when you are playing on the TV.

I’ve been mostly playing mirrored, if the TV is in use by something else, no problem, if not, then my game is on the big screen for anyone else to see. I can’t look at both, my near-sighted eyes appreciate the Wii pad mirroring, most especially.

The way you take screenshots on Wii U is useful, odd, but useful. Home button>open MiiVerse>save screenshot>continue using miiverse>choose photo>make a new post with it in your PlayJournal. I haven’t always “saved screenshot” … often just PlayJournal it right off. Trying to not do that if I really want to have the picture in more than just PlayJournal now though.

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Get Medieval Challenge -Wii U – May 27, 2016

At any rate, there’s one screenshot, Get Medieval Challenge on Wii U.

What I do want is more though, more levels, islands, etc. release another “encore’ like pack for every version please! Q-Games/Double Eleven and please release a platinum fully HD packed with great trophies and challenges on PS4! Pretty Please!

Note the one difference from PS Vita PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD to Wii U PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD … Ice Tower … oh my, on PS Vita (as well as PS3 and PSP versions) it’s only ground monsters whom it targets. On Wii U it also targets flying monsters. Mistake? Or on purpose? I don’t know, but it sure makes difference on the Wii U. Which brings to mind whether or not difficulty ratings were changed anywhere. Questions.

LORD OF THE RINGS: THE THIRD AGE

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We never had a Nintendo GameCube, but our Wii is GameCube play-able, I picked up the above title at 2nd and Charles sometime last year, but didn’t have controllers, so later got them, then couldn’t find where I’d put the game, so time went on and OMG look there it is in the stack on my dresser, it blended in so well with movies: DVD, Blu-ray, UMD, LOL.

So I ordered a Gamecube Memory card on Amazon and it should arrive in the mail today. Wii is setup with disc 1 in, controllers just awaiting the U. S. Mail.

This is a game we played on PlayStation 2 back in the day. We don’t have a PlayStation 2 anymore, and none of our PS3’s are phatty’s so we haven’t been able to play it in a long time.

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I really liked it, I never played any of the movie versions, just this odd side game just appealed to me (as does War in the North, which I still have to finish on PS3 (for all the trophies.) Of course I also bought the newest LoTR game on PS4, played it for 10 minutes and never played it again. [Made too many nemesis enemies right off. Maybe one day I’ll try it again.]

Anyhow it just seems so unlikely that Lord of the Rings: The Third Age would ever get PS2 Classic status to be resold for PS3/PS4 I mean, no way. It’s EA for one thing. Just forget it.

 

 

Forge TV means “Netflix isn’t my favorite” and Razer better fix it sooner than later.

#Netflix #Razer #ForgeTV #AndroidTV

“Razer Forge TV has Google Cast built-in so you can cast your favorite entertainment from your mobile device to your TV.”

–Razer makes it sound good, until you don’t see the obvious missing tile … no Netflix, none, and not good ways of using it. []

[www.razerzone.com/gaming-systems/razer-forge-tv]

 

Favorite entertainment, except for Netflix. Can’t have it native nor cast it properly. I can cast my entire screen on my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Tablet, Netflix plays on my Forge TV connected to my 50″ Plasma, but it is not the same form factor as the TV, so not very compelling, not very awesome looking.

My phone, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ can’t cast Netflix to the TV, same¬†Razer Forge TV. I can download Chromecast app on my Samsung and cast my phone screen, and then Netflix fills the ENTIRE¬†TV screen, but the moving picture isn’t there, subtitle on a black screen, touch the device playback pull it along, you’ll see thumbnail pictures of the movie/show on the TV, but then hit play again, back to full black.

Forge TV and Vudu, I CAN Cast VUDU no problem. Neither Vudu nor Netflix will run natively though. <– That is not the case on other major devices. So Forge TV isn’t major, at least it does have YouTube and Google Play apps, Disney Anywhere, you can download so many other video providers, but not the major two that I use. Figures.

This is the beautiful photo I took with my tablet when trying to Cast Netflix, same screen happens from my phone too.

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Netflix won’t run Cast from any device.

 

This is nothing new. I know Forge TV has been out for awhile. Thing about it though, they only recently re-released it, that’s what I have. It’s about time Netflix is usable on it. Native or Cast. No need to “CAST WHOLE SCREEN” junk.

Netflix runs on my PS4, PS3, Phone, Tablet, even Wii, Wii U, good casts to any of my simple Chromecast dongles, my other Android TV’s (Sony 2015) have native Netflix including a button on the remote.

So is it money that keeps Netflix from Razer’s Forge TV? It can’t be hardware only, I mean there’s a solution, or a reason why. It’s just time for this to break. Oh of course, uh, Netflix works on my PS Vita and 3DS too. Hmph. But not on PS TV … there’s something going around. Not freedom, that’s for sure. So I have two nice little devices, and no way of putting Netflix on the big screen with them. Forge TV is my best, as PS TV doesn’t do video exept for PlayStation stuff. My stuff is in UV, Vudu/Disney/Google. Why did I get a Forge TV then? It was value priced, but¬†value just isn’t truly value these days.

Sparkle Unleashed on PSN

I’ve been playing Sparkle Unleashed, mostly on PS4, and when playing there, I stream it to Twitch.

I was a little miffed when I bought the game that all 3 versions: PS4, PS Vita, PS3, share the same trophy list. Sparkle 2, it’s predecessor, had separate trophy lists.

So it goes, I only have to play it fully at one place, or, well only one place can get me the Nightmare trophy, if I ever get there. I could do Survival on my PS Vita, and not on PS4 or whatever. Sparkle on PS3 is really good, but not as good as on PS4. They are the same games, but faster loading, it just feels fluid and crisp on PS4.

Sparkle 2 had maps that I really liked, and maps that I so hated.

Sparkle Unleashed is amazing. Totally different. Same game, yet definitely Unleashed. I have most of my first playthrough on PS4 on my YouTube Channel.

My first playthrough: Sparkle Unleashed Days 1-13

Here’s the Full ¬†Playlist:, which I’ll be adding to as I process through what I streamed to Twitch.

From my YouTube Channel: CrazyMaisy – Sparkle Unleashed Playlist

Get Sparkle Unleashed on PSN, play it on PS4 or PS Vita or PS3 (or all of them. One Trophy list.)  3-way-Cross-Buy.


Buy Sparkle Unleashed on PS4

Sparkle Unleashed

10tons Ltd.
PSN Game | Released Jun 2, 2015

A secluded world of mystery has succumbed to an ominous darkness. You must travel through the fallen lands, light magical braziers and banish the darkness once and for all.

Unlock amazing powerups and use the ones you like the most to overcome increasingly challenging levels, Chained Orbs, Rock Orbs and Survival challenges. Can you carve a path of light through the darkness?

Features:
– Ultra-polished match-three marble shooter gameplay
– An arsenal of 23 amazing powerups to unlock and select
– Cinematic soundtrack by award-winning composer Jonathan Geer
– Free trial: Play the first 23 levels for free, pay once to unlock Full Game
– Full game includes 108 challenging levels, Survival mode and two more difficulty settings

Purchasing this content entitles you to the PS3‚ĄĘ system, PS4‚ĄĘ system, and ‚ÄúPS Vita‚ÄĚ system versions!

Video output in Full HD 1080p requires 1080p native display.

1 player
10MB minimum save size
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1080p HD Video Output


PlayStation Music Spotify Basic Info

Spotify Issues

Spotify on PS4 and PS3 is good, but … things are not as they should be.

#1: Scrobbling. Last.fm Scrobbling integration was left out of the PlayStation Music Spotify app. Not cool.

#2: Playlists are not working well in the app alone. Connect via another device make it all a better experience, but not everyone is into using Spotify on another device to control their PlayStation Music.

Without using another device to control the music with Connect, one cannot change the music while playing a Game. One starts music before launching a game, then in the game they can bring up a little control for the Spotify playing, pressing the PS button, but it doesn’t allow changing of albums, or playlists, you are stuck with what you have, skip and pause.

Using another device to control the music is the answer, but so many don’t want that answer, they want only on PS4 controlling it answers.

“Connected” to that problem is making playlists directly on PS4, etc.

Spotify Connect

I’m just glad Connect works right out of the box. They can add beefier features to the app along the way. What if there was no way to control music on another device. The Dark Ages … before I used Spotify. I’m glad Connect was working well by the time I started using Spotify in January 2015.

How to: Use a computer, tablet or phone, start Spotify on that device and go to where it lets you pick where to play the music (depends on what application you are using, current Desktop version has it on the bottom right of the volume control, mouse click the icon there. On Android it’s in settings, that’s all I know natively. I’m an Android/PC user.)

Shuffle

Shuffle works fine when using Connect to play on PlayStation 3 or 4, but if using the app it’s not very good at all. One must choose to scroll manually to the end of their playlist in order for the Shuffle to actually shuffle the entire PlayList. If you don’t, you’ll get an earful of whatever the first 30 or so songs are on that playlist, and for me, it’s too much of the same artists over and over.

I have an Alt Wave 80’s Playlist that has 224 songs, many artists. No fun to listen to unless it’s extremely shuffled. My only choices are 1. Use connect to play the playlist or 2. choose the playlist on PS4 and scroll all the way to the end on the right before starting to play, choosing Shuffle once the first song plays, or just let it go if Shuffle is already on previously.

Yes this needs to be native to the app, that one can shuffle a large playlist without either 1. or 2.

Spotify Free or Spotify Premium

You can have a Free or Premium account in Spotify. You can use PlayStation to upgrade to Premium or use Spotify on the web to upgrade, or any other partner you may have found. Existing Premium or Free, just sign in and link your account to your PSN ID.

I have Premium Spotify via my phone carrier. It was easy to login and link accounts. Once I did that on PS4, I downloaded Spotify on PS3 and didn’t have to login to Spotify even. It was automatic because I am linked.

Download on PS4 and PS3

Download Spotify today on PS4 and/or PS3 and start listening to Music for free, with ads; or with Premium, no adds.

PlayStation Music Spotify will improve, have no doubt about that. Just how fast, and which features will be added, only time will tell.

 

 

Spotify and PlayStation

Spotify was something I wasn’t interested in. I wanted to explore music by finding artists, groups, albums that I liked, purchase the media, and listen to it from my ripped version put to Google Play Music.

Then PlayStation announced PlayStation Music partnered with Spotify.

www.spotify.com/us/playstation/

That was last week, and now I’m already a Spotify Premium member. You can Follow me on Spotify by clicking the follow button below.

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I was highly interested as I knew Spotify might be a game changer for me if I could listen ANYWHERE. Like computer, phone, tablet, PlayStation 3 or 4…. yes! My full change of heart came when I saw I could get mobile billing via Sprint, 6 months free, then 18 months of 7.99 per month … then 9.99 per month after that.

I didn’t want to do anything like try it for 30 days. I needed to feel the freedom of either paying full price or as I am actually doing it, free for 6 months. With that out of the way I was able to settle in and instantly started to profit from my move.

There is so much music I love. There is so much music I’d love to have explored in the past, but didn’t. There are many artists I’ve loved songs by, but never looked at their other content.

Everything is not on Spotify. I’m fine about the one gargantuan group not being there, I wouldn’t want to hear them. I’m sad that Tool isn’t on there. I’m sad that The Kaiser Chiefs 4th album isn’t on there for US Spotify users.

I’ve found a good amount of music wrongly tagged, so I prefer not to listen to it (I scrobble my listens and like to look at my listening data on Spotify and on last.fm, I want to track my listens and wrongly tagged stuff can wait until it’s tagged right, or never via Spotify.)

One album I was really happy to listen to was T’Pau, as it was marketed in the US. I have the LP, loved it to pieces back then. On Spotify it’s the European version, knows as Bridge of Spies.

That was last week. On Monday morning I turned on my phone to see what time it was when I woke up and had a message from Spotify splat in my face: T’Pau new album available Pleasure and Pain. Sweet! It’s a good album, love it, and what a surprise it was for me, not expecting anything like it.

The saddest part of Spotify is their FB linking. I can’t have a profile picture because I do not and will not use FB. I sure hope they change something about that, like maybe if I link Spotify to PlayStation Music, my PSN Avatar will link to my Spotify Profile. Fingers Crossed. I’d actually prefer to have Gravatars associated with it.

Crazy-Maisy LittleBigPlanet 1,2,V,3

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Crazy-Maisy wearing the Captain America costume in LBP Pod.

 

LittleBigPlanet – 2008 We didn’t get the game until it was out as the Game of the Year Edition. I didn’t play it much, but was involved with it as a Mother to younger children playing the game.¬†

I’ve been playing through the Story the last couple of weeks, to get the trophies finally. Took me long enough, hey?

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Crazy-Maisy in Seashore Pointe Treasure Fun, her level on LBP 2.

 

LittleBigPlanet 2 ¬†– 2011 We pre-ordered the game. I played the story levels some, and helped my children with the game here and there. Later on I got more interested in it and I played through the story. I lost my Saved Profile on a console move around and it really messed up everything. I had to replay it to get the stuff back to create and … some pins were messed up. ¬†Certain things are dependant on pin progress and well, I never got some of those stats back to where they were to get some things accomplished.¬†

I did make a level that I published in 2012. Seashore Pointe Treasure Fun¬†just a fun little run through the seashore, using R1 to touch all the discarded items. Nothing complicated, just a nice Summer seashore job for sackfolk to clean up, because one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, sackfolk included.

 

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Crazy-Maisy in LBPV Pod, wearing a mish mosh of costume pieces.

 

LittleBigPlanet Vita Р2012  I was part of the PS Vita LBP Beta. It was a lot of fun and I was anxious for the game to be fully released. September 2012 was the start of the best version of LBP to that date, pretty much.

I’ve made lots of things on my PS Vita LBP game, but haven’t published anything for others to play. I have lots of ideas, just too many distractions, and not being able to create with other players was and has continued to be a downer.

 

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Welcoming Oddsock, Toggle, and Swoop to Sackboy’s Family!

 

LittleBigPlanet 3 – 2014 ¬†I was in the LBP 3 Beta this year. What a good game it is, and it’ll be out next week finally! I’ve had a ton of ideas through the years. I have worked in LBP 2 on many things, just done nothing to bring them to publish worthiness (I wish more sackfolk were like that. Too many horrid things are published.)

LBP 3 on PS4 is going to be a scream of delight though. It’s going to be superb, the definitive version for sure. I wish to spend less time distracted with other games and just pour my game-time into LBP from now on.

More photos:

  Crazy-Maisy in her Bug Blaster outfit reward for participating in LBP Vita Beta.
Crazy-Maisy in LBPV Pod wearing the iconic Spaceman Suit.
Crazy-Maisy in LBPV Pod (no decorating) wearing the iconic Spaceman Suit.
Crazy-Maisy in LBP 2 Angry Whale Survival 2
Crazy-Maisy in LBP 2 Angry Whale Survival 2

 

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Crazy-Maisy on the right, in a level with a couple of friends

 

A friend took this picture of Crazy-Maisy splat on the floor of an LBP 2 Pod.

 

Friends in a PhotoBooth level, having a blast throwing on Randomized Costumes.
Friends in an LBP 2 PhotoBooth level, having a blast throwing on Randomized Costumes.

 

Playing online with friends in LittleBigPlanet is a blast, it’s the most outrageous fun one can have, all sorts of games to play and hang out levels to goof off in … LBP 3 will just have bigger and better versions of that stuff, plus all the previous LBP content. Everything will be playable.

Pre-order: BestBuy for Hidden Creatures Pack DLC; GameStop for Mythical Creatures Pack DLC; Amazon for PlayStation Favorites Costume Pack on PSN for DLC costume you can use right now in LBP 2 and be able to start playing the digital version at midnight 11/18.

The PS4 version of LBP 3 will be in a Day One Edition and have a Plushie of Sackboy in the box plus Dragon Age Costume Pack and 4 the Players Costume Pack for all the stock out there in the beginning.

Pre-orders at Target will get a special Target Hat for Plushie Sackboy.

Here’s a link to the PlayStation Blog with all the details and store links as well.

PS3 is also getting LBP 3 but there are no pre-order bonuses, well, you’ll get a special theme for your PS3 XMB if you pre-order LBP3 for PS3 on PSN, that’s it, and no special editions, no Plushies. (Hint, get a PS4, it’ll be better there!)

Gaming slowdown

I’ve had a major gaming slowdown. I don’t feel like playing much of anything. I have inFamous: Second Son pre-ordered, and am really excited for it coming so soon! But … I won’t be around to get it until Sunday or Monday.

I’ll be leaving with my husband to go somewhere Friday and Saturday. Concert somewhere else. Kinda sucks to have to put the game off.

As it is I’m only playing Treasures of Montezuma Blitz (free for everyone!) on my PS Vita lately, and Resogun ($14.99 or Free for PS+ Members) on my PS4. I have been very disinterested in playing much Starhawk, having plain bad luck, bad times playing when I have attempted it. I was in a big I LOVE IT mode and started making weekend matches for PS Forums, but that did’t go over so well, less forumites, more anyone’s showing up. It was ok the first time, a bit brutal, but ok. After that first time its been so unpleasant and worse. Not just the matches I made, but the regular Wednesday Night PS Forums matches too.

I enjoy playing Resogun though, very much. It’s like the only thing that makes me happy, game-wise, right now.

Music though, ah, music, music is sitting perfectly, just right, with me.